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chestnuts, any ideas?

babette feasts Dec 20, 2006 04:19 PM

Anyone made or eaten something wonderful with chestnuts? I have some fresh ones, may just end up candying them and putting them in ice cream, but I'm trying to think of something more interesting and less dairy-based.

Thanks!

  1. lollya Dec 20, 2006 04:23 PM

    STUFFING!!!!! Apple chestnut!

    1. pescatarian Dec 20, 2006 04:36 PM

      roasted with brussel sprouts

      1. babette feasts Dec 20, 2006 05:14 PM

        Those are good ideas, something with apple could work. I'm leaning towards a not-too-sweet dessert or something that will keep and can be nibbled on for a few days. My Dad likes chestnuts, so I was going to make him something for his birthday (today) or christmas. He's a well managed diabetic who loves cheese, so I was thinking maybe a goat cheesecake with candied chestnuts. He does like sweets but my Mom yells at me when I give him too much sweets or cheese with a short shelf life. Any ideas for a chestnut condiment to go with cheese - maybe just cooked in honey? This is why I'm stumped - something small, really shows off the chestnuts, won't p.o. my mother..........

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          emilief Dec 20, 2006 05:33 PM

          Soup made with chestnuts and apple cider.

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            Captain Dec 20, 2006 05:36 PM

            If all else fails, split them or cut a slit into them and roast them in the oven. I have done it, and eaten them out of the shells. If you do not split them, they might explode in the oven.

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              diningdivala Dec 20, 2006 05:43 PM

              Ooo ooo. I just bought and roasted some the other day; kept the leftovers (can you use leftover chestnuts?) Anyway, I found a nice recipe for easy chestnut ravoili in brown butter sauce; how good does that sound? I look forward to trying this out tonight.

              http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

              The other ideas I dug up were to put in stuffing and brussel sprouts, another great idea. My grandmother used to make chestnut stuffing every holiday, but I never liked it as a child. Boy, if I only knew what i was missing. I immediately smelled her house when I popped open one of the roasted chestnuts.

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                eriny Dec 20, 2006 06:17 PM

                I like roasting them and then using them in a pumpkin risotto that I found from Jamie Oliver. Recipe is here:
                http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2006...

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                  eriny Dec 20, 2006 08:31 PM

                  More chestnut recipes in today's LA Times:
                  http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

                  1. pikawicca Dec 20, 2006 09:13 PM

                    Roasted chestnuts, put through a ricer and cooled, can be sealed in freezer bags and frozen. Add them to chocolate cake batter, risotto, ravioli filling, stuffing, red cabbage...

                    1. rabaja Dec 20, 2006 10:18 PM

                      Boiled, drained and then rolled in powdered sugar with a pinch of salt before lightly frying. This makes a tasty snack or garnish. I was surprised at how easy it was to do, they come out all shiny with a crackly sugar layer over them. Remember to drain well, though.

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                        ghbrooklyn Dec 20, 2006 10:47 PM

                        chocolate chestnut cream. Also, I have thought about whole roasted chestnuts in the bottom of a chocolate custard, or in a chocolate terrine.
                        chestnuts and pumpkin are good together too. chestnut and pumpkin custard?

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